You know, I can accept the fact that the injury bug has bitten our Mets hard this season, and that freak accidents have hurt, as has being beaned in the head by opposing pitchers. We’ve learned to accept that we have average to below-average replacements and that the season was basically over before the all-star break. Now we’re biding our time and waiting until next year, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t bored out of my mind by these guys (not including last night’s barrage on the Braves).
But here’s something I just can’t get past. The disabled list itself, and the fact that our core that have landed on there (Beltran, Reyes, Delgado, Putz, Maine) and are probably all done for the season. Here is the list of who went on the DL when, and why…
|David Wright 3B||Aug 16||15-day||Post-concussion symptoms|
|Álex Cora SS/2B||Aug 13||15-day||Thumb ligament surgery – out for season|
|Jonathon Niese SP||Aug 6||60-day||Torn right hamstring – out for season|
|Fernando Nieve SP||Jul 20||15-day||Torn right quadriceps – out 6-8 weeks|
|Fernando Martinez LF/CF||Jul 9||15-day||Right knee inflammation|
|Carlos Beltrán CF||Jun 22||15-day||Bone bruise, right knee|
|John Maine SP||Jun 7||15-day||Right shoulder fatigue|
|J.J. Putz RP||Jun 5||60-day||Right elbow surgery – out 8-10 weeks|
|Ramón Martínez SS/2B||Jun 3||60-day||Fractured left pinkie finger|
|José Reyes SS||May 21||15-day||Right calf tendinitis|
|Carlos Delgado 1B||May 11||60-day||Right hip impingement|
|Billy Wagner RP||Mar 27||60-day||Left elbow surgery – out for season|
The 60-day DL sometimes means longer, but how is it that Reyes, Maine and Beltran are all on the 15-day DL? So far, Reyes has been on there for 90 days, Maine 73 days, and Beltran 58 days. We’re not talking broken bones here. We’re talking tendonitis, shoulder fatigue and a bone bruise, respectively. I’m not a doctor, but apparently neither are the guys in charge of the Mets’ infirmary either. I think there is a real problem in this organization, whether that’s on the diagnosis end or in the weight room or something. But there is a problem here for sure.